Nigeria: Police arrests 42 homosexuals in Lagos

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Lagos, Nigeria-More than 40 men were arrested in Nigeria over the weekend for homosexual acts, the police said. They will have to appear in court soon.

The Nigerian newspaper Punch reports that the police have invested a hotel in the Owode Onirin region of Lagos state on Saturday afternoon. The hotel was sealed.

One witness testified that police officers from the Owode Onirin Division visited the scene at around 3:30 pm. He said: “There were reports that the hotel was home to homosexuals, and they were there in the afternoon when police arrived, about 40 of them were caught red-handed.”

Lagos State Public Relations Officer Olarinde Famous-Cole confirmed the arrest and added that the suspects had been handed over to the State Task Force for prosecution. “About 42 suspected homosexuals were arrested and the hotel was closed as the investigation continues, and they are being held in pre-trial detention in the Lagos State Working Group and will soon be charged in court.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in Nigeria, while same-sex marriage and homosexual affection are also prohibited.

This is not the first arrest for committing acts of homosexuality, but so far, prosecutions have never led people arrested in prison.

Homosexual relations are explicitly prohibited in 72 countries, according to International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)

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